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The Association's three-person staff consists of an Executive Director, an Associate Director and an Operations/Communications Associate. 

The Association also contracts a part-time Government Relations/Lobbyist and a part-time Accountant.

Eugene Piccolo, MACS Executive Director Piccolo, Eugene

Executive Director

Phone: 651-789-3090 ext. 1

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Eugene's educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of St. Thomas and a M.A. in Non-public School Administration - Secondary and Elementary, also from the University of St. Thomas. A veteran educator and former Assistant Commissioner in the Minnesota Department of Education, Eugene has had a career in education spanning more than 30 years.

As an Executive Director, Eugene has a vital role in charter school advocacy. This includes organizational training and development, with special concentration pertaining, but not limited to school administration, public policy, and governance. Eugene has made continuous efforts in strengthening growth and innovation in the charter movement, with a renewed commitment to both high quality and real accountability.

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Associate Director

Phone: 651-789-3090 ext. 2

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Tom has been working in education for over 25 years,  he holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, a MA in Curriculum Arts and an elementary license from University of St. Thomas and a Principal Licensure from Hamline University. He is also an adjunct professor at Hamline University. 


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Operations & Communications Associate

Phone Number: 651-789-3090 ext. 3

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Mike has served as the MACS Operations & Communications Associate since 2019. He manages the organization’s day-to-day operations and writes, edits, designs and disseminates MACS’ various publications, including newsletters, research publications and various web presences. He has five years of experience in communications management and a BA in Theatre Performance from James Madison University.

Mike still freelances as a professional actor and rides in charity cycling tours.


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